25 SEP 2008 General News

Bolt's celebrity moves from track to TV studio

Usain Bolt celebrates his Olympic title and world record (Getty Images)Usain Bolt celebrates his Olympic title and world record (Getty Images) © Copyright

Usain Bolt’s athleticism tore up the record books in the Bird’s Nest stadium. The young Jamaican’s showmanship ignited the enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of stadium spectators and the billions of TV viewers who witnessed the spectacle of his three World record performances, the individual 100m and 200m, and the 4x100m relay as part of the Jamaican quartet.

‘Lightning’ Bolt injected spark into an already electric atmosphere during a marvellous ten days of Athletics competitions (15-24 Aug) that took place at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008, and now he has begun blazing a trail around the globe’s celebrity circuit.

Fresh from a promotional appearance on the hit Japanese TV show 'Kuwazu-Girai' earlier this week, Bolt will be a guest on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' on Thursday 25 Sept.  Also appearing on the show will be actress/socialite Paris Hilton -

http://lateshow.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/show_info/pants/
 
On Friday 26 he will be a guest on 'Live with Regis & Kelly' alongside Victoria Beckham -

http://regisandkelly.go.com/guest_guide.html

In the course of just a few days of exceptional running in Beijing, Usain Bolt went from being an prodigiously talented hope to the universal face of track and field athletics.

Michael Johnson, whose World 200m record Bolt would break later in the Olympic week, described the then 21-year-old Jamaican's 100m record on 16 August, as "perfection...when has anyone ever shut down in an Olympic final."

The youth and junior star of 2002 and 2003 became an athletic senior giant in Beijing.

Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham, prepare to be upstaged!

Chris Turner for the IAAF